Bases for model and diorama displays come in all shapes and sizes and a wide variety of prices. A few years ago I was looking for some small bases for some generic settings to be mounted on and I came across www.woodenbases.co.uk on an internet search.
The company is run by Derek Maw and based in Surrey, England. I ordered up 4 small bases to fit my needs and thought no more about it. A couple of recent purchases from Great North Roads brought the need for further bases.
I liked the original purchases, so as a happy customer went bask for a couple more. The nice thing is you just send Derek your specifications and he’ll quote you a price, or you can go on line and order standard sizes if they fit you needs.
This article is just a quick look at a few of the bases I purchased. The service was quick and payment can be made by paypal so it’s pretty hassle free shopping. I have no association to the seller I just liked what I saw and purchased.
The company makes round and oval bases, square and rectangular bases, diorama bases, plinth bases and trophy bases. The bases have a high quality finish and there are lots of styles to choose form on the web site. (see link below)
This option may be right for some, personally I like the finish and they suit my needs, providing a nice solid structure for my diorama settings. I particularly like the under-felt finish as it makes sliding the bases very easy.
This doesn't mean that I've abandoned making my own from recycled materials, but when I've purchased a nice setting then I think it deserves a decent base.
I have yet to check out the diorama bases which have a more raised platform but they look equally good.
About Alan McNeilly (AlanL) FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM
Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...